Returning to St David’s Hall last week, The Sensational Sixties Experience tour didn’t disappoint. Alan Moscha of The Dreamers seamlessly introduced Steve Ellis’ Love Affair, Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe and The Marmalade as they rock and rolled back the years to perform greatest hits and crowd pleasers that frequently had the audience on their feet.
The original mod Steve Ellis kicked off the evening with a fabulous set backed by five incredibly talented musicians who made up this tours version of The Love Affair. The sax sounds and smooth bass lines of classics such as A Day Without Love, Rainbow Valley, Bringing Back The Good Times and Everlasting Love proved that Steve is still top of his game.
“There’s no top billing.” Steve told the audience who were perhaps surprised they were getting quality performances from the offset, “We’re all mates together” he continued referring to the acts that were to follow.
Herman’s Hermits featuring original drummer Barry Whitwam were up next. Selling millions of records around the globe in the 60s always assures this band a great reception as they belt out classics such as No Milk Today and I’m Into Something Good.
The second half kicked off with pure R and B courtesy of Chris Farlowe, another crowd pleaser who remembered his friend Otis Redding by singing Mr Pitiful as well as his own Number One, Out Of Time.
Finally The Marmalade took to the stage to give a vibrant energetic performance of classic hits Falling Apart At The Seams and Rainbow as well as tracks from their new album Penultimate which features a beautiful Celtic rendition of the Beatles Norwegian Wood.
Next years show taking place on November 25, 2014 is already on sale – don’t miss it!
- A version of this review by Andy Howells was published in The South Wales Argus during November 2013.
- Read Andy Howells review of The Sensational 60s Experience 2012.
- Visit the official site for The Sensational 60s Experience